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Summary

  1. Federer thrashes Wawrinka 6-4 6-3 6-1 to reach Sunday's final
  2. Djokovic beats Cilic 6-0 6-1 6-2 in first semi-final
  3. Roberta Vinci stuns Serena Williams in women's semis
  4. Unseeded Vinci ends Williams' hopes of calendar Grand Slam
  5. Fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta beats Simona Halep 6-1 6-3

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Robotic, indefatigable, top seed Novak Djokovic?

Novak Djokovic
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Or the smooth, majestic, 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer?

Roger Federer
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Anyone dare to call Sunday's US Open final? Nope, me neither. Although I'll let you into a not-so-secret bit of info - Federer leads 21-20 in the head-to-head against his great rival.

Make any difference? Probably not. But it gives you a little something to occupy your mind when thinking about the outcome.

Right it is time for us to say goodbye. We will be back tomorrow for the women's final and of course will return on Sunday. See you then!

Player reaction

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Roger Federer:  "Novak has had a tremendous year, there's always a lot on the line when we play. He's the best mover on the hard courts, he's tough mentally, but I like that challenge and I'll be ready for it.

"Serena has done unbelievably well, maybe it just wasn't meant to be. We're lucky that she's still playing tennis."

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Liam Walton:  Federer is just unbelievable. Even at the age of 34, he makes it look so easy! Class is permanent.

Player reaction

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Roger Federer:  "Obviously I am very happy. It's been a great tournament so far - I have tried so hard over the last six years to the get back into the final, and tonight it worked. 

"I'm serving very well, I'm going for my shots, I'm playing positive tennis. I practised for years in front of nobody, I'm not going to throw away moments like this."

Federer reaches US Open final

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Stan Wawrinka trudges off court looking slightly shellshocked - he has been hit by the Fed Express. Rather like Marin Cilic before him, he didn't have the opportunity to lay a glove on his illustrious opponent. The two Swiss men warmly embrace at the net - I don't think I could be so gracious to someone who has just thumped me in front of 20,000 people.

Stan will move up to fourth in the world rankings after this tournament. Scant consolation.

Federer reaches US Open final

Wawrinka 4-6 3-6 1-6 Federer

That routine win - which has taken just 92 minutes - means second seed Roger Federer will meet top seed Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final. I think those two are quite familiar with each other....

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live Sports Extra

"You run out of superlatives. There is nothing that Stan Wawrinka can do to stop the Roger Federer juggernaut rolling artistically onward."

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

"The fans are on their feet clapping as if Federer has just finished a concerto."

Game, set and match - Federer

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Federer
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Wawrinka threatens to make Federer wait at 15-30, but then again has no answer to Federer. That brings up match point - and a huge roar of anticipation from the Ashe crowd. Wait - Stan isn't going without a fight. A trademark backhand winner down the line makes Roger hold on.

But not for long, Federer tees up a second match point - and blasts an ace down the middle. Job done.

Wawrinka 4-6 3-6 1-5 Federer*

So here we go. With less than 90 minutes on the clock, Roger Federer is serving for the match....

Federer breaks

Wawrinka 4-6 3-6 1-5 Federer*

We think we've cracked what is making Roger Federer so difficult for Stan Wawrinka to get near. Not the dreamy forehands or sensational serves. Not the precision punches or his anticipation. Nope, it is the eye-squinting colour of neon pink trainers. Poor old Stan's sight is being dazzled.

Of course we jest - Federer has been simply off the scale. As illustrated as he racks up another break point. Wawrinka tries every plan of attack that he has, but Federer's defence holds firm as they trade blows in a long rally. And it is the fifth seed who crumbles first, slapping a frustrated forehand into the net.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

"Federer is really in the zone. He looks really mentally fresh. He's getting more sleep now, because his kids have grown up a little."

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live Sports Extra

"It's almost like Federer is in a race with Novak Djokovic. This goes down as more impressive. It's a remarkable demolition."

*Wawrinka 4-6 3-6 1-4 Federer

Following up the break of serve with a booming ace is exactly what Federer could have hoped for. And that's exactly what he gets. That sets the platform for a comfortable hold - save for a stray backhand for 40-15 - and leaves Federer two games from yet another US Open final.

Federer breaks

Wawrinka 4-6 3-6 1-3 Federer*

Wawrinka
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How important could this point be? A match winner for Federer? Quite possibly. The game is delicately poised at 30-30 as the pair become embroiled in a baseline shootout. Duh duh duh...Wawrinka blinks first to hand a break point to Federer. And another unforced error from Wawrinka - this time going long - puts Fedrer on course to wrap this up quick sharp.

*Wawrinka 4-6 3-6 1-2 Federer

Federer is purring like a cat which has just devoured a saucer of the finest cream on the planet. His smooth serve peppers the Wawrinka defence, finishing off his rival with a forehand smash.

Wawrinka 4-6 3-6 1-1 Federer*

Solid hold from Wawrinka, allowing Federer just the one point. Unfortunately solid holds alone aren't going to stick the fifth seed in the US Open final. He needs a breakthrough....

*Wawrinka 4-6 3-6 0-1 Federer

Thanks James. During the changeover Wawrinka would have been sat in his chair, dreaming of a morale-boosting break at the start of the third set. A rare double fault from Federer gives him a whiff of one at 40-30, but then slams the door shut on his Swiss compatriot. Stan is not the man as his usually faultless backhand crashes into the net.

Here's Jonathan Jurejko to take you through to the conclusion...

Federer wins second set

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Wawrinka is under siege. This is a man who has won two Grand Slam titles and he quite literally doesn't know what to do. Such is Federer's brilliance, he's reduced to trying impossible winners and hopelessly over-ambitious trick shots. 

He balloons a forehand long to bring up 0-40 and three set points. Federer needs only one. A seventh US Open final is in sight.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on 5 live sports extra

I'm not sure what I like more - a nice cup of chocolate mousse or watching Roger Federer win so smoothly. It's delectable.

*Wawrinka 4-6 3-5 Federer

This is glorious, artistic tennis from Federer. He's going through the whole repertoire at the moment. When Wawrinka tries to put a smash into the empty court, Federer is there. When Wawrinka tries to lob him, Federer somehow scrambles back and manages to flick it disdainfully back past him. Wawrinka can't lay a glove on him.

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent

It is going to be so tough for Stan to keep having to save break points. All the momentum is going against him at the moment.

Federer breaks

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The scoreboard might be all square - but there's no doubt who is under the more pressure. A mishit from Federer forces Wawrinka back, and suddenly he's in trouble again at 0-30. Stan goes long and Federer has three break points. Wawrinka fires long again, and Federer is in charge in the second set.

*Wawrinka 4-6 3-3 Federer

The Federer serve is well and truly firing. The ball toss, the arch of the back, the rapid arm all flowing in one seamless movement - the ball more often than not kissing the corner of the service on its way past Wawrinka. If that doesn't work, saunter to the net and poke a volley past Stan. Easy peasy.

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent on 5 live sports extra

Most players are used to hearing the crowd supporting Roger Federer. Poor old Stan. Novak Djokovic might even have to face the same on Sunday.

Wawrinka 4-6 3-2 Federer*

*denotes next to serve

If Federer was a boxer, he wouldn't just have quick hands and a pretty left hook, he'd also be adept at soaking up punishment. He rides a couple of huge groundstrokes from Wawrinka and loops a big forehand winner into the corner.

Wawrinka sends a simple volley into the net and it's break point Federer. A big serve comes to Stan's rescue. Then it's another pistols-at-dawn point at the net, with Federer emerging victorious with a volleyed winner.

Another break point, but Stan closes it out with a good volley of his own, which he follows with a bellowed 'Come on!' Two big serves, and he's in the clear.

*Wawrinka 4-6 2-2 Federer

Wawrinka garnered a lot of attention during the French Open for wearing shorts that were more garish than a hippie's tablecloth, but disappointingly, he's bedecked in a crisp white pair today.

Federer rattles through another brisk game, scooting to net to punch away a couple of volleys. We remain on serve.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on 5 live sports extra

Stan is trying to overpower Roger but he needs to use that slice to set up shots that he can rip winners off with. And he needs to see when Roger is sneaking in on the run. He has a great passing shot - he's just not utilising it yet.

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Federer tries to charge the serve again, but this time he finds the net. A booming backhand down the line takes Wawrinka to 40-0, and Federer coughs up the game when he nets a forehand.

*Wawrinka 4-6 1-1 Federer

Bradley Cooper is in the audience. So far today we've seen him, Sean Connery and Canadian rapper Drake, which coincidentally is the line-up for my dream dinner party.

Talking of dreams, Roger Federer's serve is pretty dreamy - he finds the corners with pinpoint accuracy for an impressive hold to love.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on 5 live sports extra

In the first set Stan had break points on the opening game of Federer's serve and didn't break. In this set, Federer had a break point and didn't break. But Federer turned around in the next game and broke. Let's see if that pattern continues.

Wawrinka 4-6 1-0 Federer*

* denotes next to serve

Wawrinka, by the way, is yet to beat Federer on hard courts - he's 0 for 8, as the Americans say. This is a must-win set for the fourth seed.

A double-fault and a typically picturesque leaping forehand from Federer take him to 30-30, and he opens up the court masterfully to give himself a forehand down the line for break point.

Terrific response from Stan, bludgeoning an inside-out forehand into the corner. Two big serves complete the escape act, and that's a big hold.

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John McEnerney:  Fed looking majestic but Stan is no slouch this hopefully will go the distance after that walkover by Novak. Federer in four.

Sara Orchard

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

The style Roger Federer is playing is so exciting, so different and Stan hasn't found a reply.

Federer wins first set

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Now look, I'm a modern man, in touch with my feminine side and all that, but I'm not sure I'd be too comfortable wearing the Federer get up down the local municipal courts. White polo with pink collar and piping, shorts with pink piping, pink wristbands and pink trainers. It's...zingy.

Still, it's not doing Federer any harm out there - a slightly too aggressive Wawrinka sends some potent groundstrokes over the baseline and into the net to bring up two set points. Another forehand flies long from Stan, and that's the set.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on 5 live sports extra

Stan's first serve percentage is only 39%. He needs to change up his first serves with some serves that he knows 100% will go in and it will also keep Roger off balance. When Roger locks into a shot you're hitting to him repeatedly, you're done.

Wawrinka 4-5 Federer*

* denotes next to serve

One thing Federer has been brilliant at over the years is sending the ball about a gnat's width over the net with the velocity of a speeding asteroid - Wawrinka comes to net to dispatch a volley but suddenly finds the ball at his bootlaces and can't get it over the net. 30-30.

Stan again targets Federer, sending a smash straight at him to bring up 40-30, and he closes the deal. Fed will serve for it.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on 5 live sports extra

Federer is changing his racquet for a third time - I think he wants a tighter racquet to respond to Stan's serve.

*Wawrinka 3-5 Federer

Now, I know the Swiss are a peace-loving nation. And yes, yes, these two are great pals, yadda yadda. But if my imagination doesn't deceive me, Stan is going for Roger here. He's trying to foil Fed's sneaky tactic of rushing to net with the not-so-subtle strategy of absolutely leathering the ball at him when he gets there.

It works as he almost takes the racket out of Roger's hand, bringing up 15-30, but Federer gets himself out of trouble with three straight points.